Meet Lydia Borg, one of the women that’s participating in the upcoming Alive challenge, where 37 Maltese cyclists are set to cover 1,000km of cycling in six days in Sicily.
The Alive Charity Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to raise money in order to fund cancer research through different athletes and initiatives.
“This is my fourth time doing the challenge. I was on the team in 2013, 2014, and 2018,” Borg told Lovin Malta.
“To me, the Alive Challenge is 11 weeks of strict discipline. No more weekend nights out due to training, rising very early in the morning to put in some kilometres before work,” Borg said.
“A strict schedule of work, family and training and what is left of the day goes to resting and sleeping in order to wake up for another day,” Borg explained.
“It also involves maintaining the bicycle in tiptop condition and making sure all my gear is up to standard. The worst thing that a cyclist can do is try out a new pair of shoes on the 1st day of the challenge!” she said.
“The route is never an easy ride as the terrain covered is what it is,” she said. Cyclists have to deal with whatever they find along their route, including weather conditions, uphills, and challenges brought on by the terrain.“I mean, if there are hills we need to climb if it is a road used by cars we have to be extra careful of them, if there are […]